New Delhi | Jagran Tech Desk: Online e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart will be able to deliver items such as mobile phones and other electronic items as the nation enters the third phase of lockdown from May 4, reported jagran.com. But, the delivery of items will be applicable for people residing in green and orange zones. In red zones, e-commerce can only deliver essential supplies. The government on Friday extended the lockdown for two more weeks till May 17 to combat COVID-19 across the country.

As of now, the e-commerce is only allowed to deliver essential items in the lockdown period but after new guidelines from the centre, customers would be able to order some non-essential items like cellphones, electronic items in orange (fewer cases of COVID-19), and green zones (no cases).

The government of India has classified districts across India in red, orange, green and containment zones. While red zones have the highest number of cases, containment zones are sealed areas where coronavirus cases have surfaced.

“We welcome the Government’s decision to allow e-commerce in Orange and Green Zones … Millions of small and medium businesses and traders will now be able to jump start their businesses and livelihoods across their workforce," said an Amazon spokesperson as quoted by livemint.com

Most of the metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Chennai have been declared red zones. This means e-commerce companies cannot get back to normal in cities that drive maximum traffic.

For red zones to transition into the orange zone, no new cases should be registered for at least 21 days. Containment zones too must ensure no cases have been reported in the last 28 days to be removed from the hotspot zones list.

In the third phase of the nationwide lockdown (May 4-17) some relaxations have been provided to orange and green zones.

Posted By: James Kuanal